Browse Categories:

Click here to access the official website of the British Monarchy.
  • Click here to access the official website of the British Monarchy.
  • Treasure of San Gennaro | Naples's Treasure - said to rival Britain's Crown Jewels and those of the Russian tsars in value.
  • Prince's Palace of Monaco, Place du Palais, Monaco-Ville, Principality of Monaco.
  • Luxembourg Royal Wedding (October 20, 2012).
  • The Royal Danish Yacht M/S Dannebrog.
  • Queen Elizabeth II alights from The Royal Train.
  • HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco takes delivery of new Falcon 7X.
  • Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, England, U.K.
  • Princess Diana on her wedding day July 29, 1981.
  • Kate Middleton favors the Richard Ward Salon in 82 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY, U.K.
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Drive, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ, Scotland, U.K.

Royal and Princely Houses | Aristocracy | Royal Yachts

Aristocrats (5) Crown Jewels & Regalia News & Resources (80+) Princely Houses (5)
Royal & Imperial Yachts Royal & President Jets (5) Royal Trains (5) Royalty (Top 40)

    "For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a de facto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy." - Andrew Morton.

    "In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do." - Gianni Versace.

    "I am an aristocrat. I love liberty; I hate equality." - John Randolph.

    "Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner." - John Updike.

    A ROYAL FAMILY is the extended family of a king or queen regnant. The term "imperial family" more appropriately describes the extended family of an emperor or empress regnant, while the terms "ducal family", "grand ducal family" or "princely family" are more appropriate in reference to the relatives of a reigning duke, grand duke, or prince. It is also considered proper in some circles to refer to the extended relations of a deposed monarch and his or her descendants as a royal family.

    A royal family typically includes the spouse of the reigning monarch, surviving spouses of a deceased monarch, the children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and cousins of the reigning monarch, as well as their spouses. In some cases, royal family membership may extend to great grandchildren and more distant descendants of a monarch. In certain monarchies where voluntary abdication is the norm, such as the Netherlands, a royal family may also include one or more former monarchs. There is often a distinction between persons of the blood royal and those that marry into the royal family.

    The ARISTOCRACY are people considered to be in the highest social class in society, who traditionally have land, money, and power. They are often members of a hereditary nobility that derives its stature from a lineage traceable to the original inhabitants or rulers of a region. They are usually below only the leader(s) of a country in the social hierarchy.

    The term "aristocracy" was first given in Athens to young citizens (the men of the ruling class) who led armies from the front line. Because military bravery was highly regarded as a virtue in ancient Greece, it was assumed that the armies were being led by "the best". From the ancient Greeks, the term passed on to the European Middle Ages for a similar hereditary class of military leaders often referred to as the "nobility". As in ancient Greece, this was a slave-holding class of privileged men whose military role allowed them to present themselves as the most "noble", or "best".

  • ALMANACH DE SAXE GOTHA - "The Original Royal Genealogical Reference Handbook." Annual Genealogical Reference: 1763-2010. Online.
  • Aristocrats: Power, Grace, and Decadence - "Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present."
  • BURKE'S PEERAGE - founded by John Burke in 1826, Burke’s Peerage is the definitive guide to the genealogical history of the Royal families of Europe, the aristocratic and historical families of the British Isles, and the Presidential families of the United States.
  • Castles Seek Knights in Shining Armor - Poland is offering investors the chance to become lords of their own manors at knockdown prices in a bid to rescue hundreds of the aristocratic mansions that flourished in its pre-communist past.
  • - "Brings the world of castles closer to you. Castles are some of the most popular historic sites on the planet. We have designed our site to give a smooth and simple user experience, with you in the central part of the action."
  • Castrum doloris - (Latin for castle of grief) is a name for the structure and decorations sheltering or accompanying the catafalque or bier that signify the prestige or high estate of the deceased.
  • Charge (heraldry) - any emblem or device occupying the field of an escutcheon (shield).
  • Coat of arms - heraldic design on a shield, escutcheon, surcoat, or tabard. A coat of arms is used to cover, protect, and identify the wearer.
  • Court Circular - the official record that lists the engagements carried out by the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms; the Royal Family; and appointments to their staff and to the court. It is issued by Buckingham Palace and printed a day in arrears at the back of The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman newspapers. An archive of the circular back to 1998 is provided on the British monarchy's website.
  • Courtesy title - title that is not a substantive title but rather is used through custom or courtesy.
  • DEBRETT'S Peerage and Baronetage - 147th edition, Britain's most prestigious genealogical reference work has mapped the ancestries of the British aristocracy for over two centuries.
  • Double-barrelled name - in British tradition, a double surname is heritable, and mostly taken to imply upper class origin, reflecting an alliance of a woman of higher class who married below her social status.
  • Escutcheon (heraldry) - shield which forms the main or focal element in an achievement of arms.
  • FASHION of Royals - "Dedicated to finding the clothing, shoes and accessories that the royalty (mostly in Europe) wear."
  • Grace and favour home - residential property owned by a monarch by virtue of his or her position as head of state and leased rent-free to persons as part of an employment package or in gratitude for past services rendered.
  • Heir and a spare - aristocratic wives were once told they needed to provide an "heir and a spare" at least - and the same has always been true for the royals.
  • Junker - definition & explanation.
  • Kate Middleton's naked bum - Bild.
  • King Richard III in Leicester - Leicester Cathedral.
  • List of heads of state and government by net worth - Wikipedia.
  • List of the richest royals - Wikipedia.
  • MAD FOR MONACO - "The history, current events and personalities of the monarchy of the Principality of Monaco and the House of Grimaldi."
  • MAJESTY MAGAZINE - "The Quality Royal Magazine."
  • Marie-Antoinette's torrid affair with Swedish count revealed in decoded letters - The Telegraph.
  • NEW MY ROYALS - "The World of Royalty, My Royal Family, New My Royal Family Fashion and Latest Royal News, Photos, Weddings and History."
  • Nobility - Wikipedia.
  • NOBLE TITLES - Wikipedia.
  • ORDER OF PRECEDENCE - definition & explanation.
  • Patrilineality - system in which an individual belongs to his or her father's lineage. It generally involves the inheritance of property, names, or titles through the male line.
  • Pluralis Maiestatis - definition & explanation.
  • POINT DE VUE - French weekly dedicated to reporting royal events and royal families. A favorite reading material among the royals themselves.
  • Princess Diana's ballgown sold for £102,000 at auction - December 3, 2013.
  • Princess Diana's grave site to undergo multi-miliion-pound revamp - The Telegraph.
  • Princess Diana's St. Tropez Love Nest, Castle St. Therese, Is For Sale Again - Daily Mail Online.
  • Privy Purse - the amount of money the monarch may use for private or personal expenses.
  • Queen and the Queen Mother being taught a Nazi salute by Edward VIII - Daily Mail.
  • Roi fainÉant - definition & explanation.
  • Rosvall Royal Books & Royalty Digest Quarterly - books and magazines on royalty.
  • Royal fifth - old royal tax that reserves to the monarch 20% of all precious metals and other commodities (including slaves) acquired by his subjects as war loot, found as treasure or extracted by mining. The 'royal fifth' was instituted in Medieval Muslim states, Christian Iberian kingdoms and their overseas colonial empires during the age of exploration.
  • Royal Musings - "News and commentary about the reigning royal houses of the United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Spain, Monaco -- and the former European monarchies as well."
  • ROYAL PARDON - definition & explanation.
  • ROYAL PREROGATIVE - definition & explanation.
  • ROYAL TOUCH - (also known as the king's touch) was a form of laying on of hands, whereby French and English monarchs would touch their subjects, regardless of social classes, with the intent to cure them of various diseases and conditions.
  • ROYAL TRAINS - Wikipedia.
  • royalista - "The go-to place for everything royal."
  • Salic Law - one part of Salic law that stayed very important was inheritance for kings. The Salic law said that land goes to sons and not daughters.
  • SchÖnbrunner Deutsch - sociolect spoken by the imperial Habsburg family and the nobility of Austria-Hungary. It differed from other dialects in vocabulary and pronunciation; it appears to have been spoken with a slight degree of nasality.
  • Substantive title - title of nobility or royalty held by someone (normally by one person alone) and acquired either by direct grant or inheritance. It is to be distinguished from: a title shared among cadets; or borne as a courtesy title by a peer's immediate offspring; or acquired as a consort by virtue of marriage or grant.
  • THE GREATEST PARTY ON EARTH - "In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed “King of Kings”, celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party known in history."
  • The king is dead, long live the king! - (French: Le roi est mort, vive le roi!; Spanish: El rey ha muerto, ¡viva el rey!), or simply Long live the king!, is a traditional proclamation made following the accession of a new monarch in various countries.
  • The most stylish royals of all time - The Telegraph.
  • The nobilities of Europe - by Melville Amadeus H. Ruvigny and Raineval, marquis de Ruvigny.
  • THE PEERAGE.COM - a genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  • The Princess Diana Death Pictures - The Freedom Fighter's Journal.
  • The Real My Royals - "News From Royals and Hollywood Stars."
  • The Royal Digest - "Exploring Royalty Around the World."
  • THE ROYAL FORUMS - huge resource about royalty and princely families.
  • The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor - "Honoring All Things Elegant and Entertaining in Royal Fashion."
  • The Royal Watcher - "This is a blog created by & for royal watchers. We post pictures, news, and cool facts about royal families around the world."
  • THE UK HONOURS SYSTEM - the honours system recognises people who have: made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.
  • Tony Blair and Bill Clinton discussed 'falling star' Princess Diana hours after her death - The Telegraph.
  • Top 10 Most Powerful Families In History - Listverse.
  • TWEET THE BRITISH MONARCHY - Twitter address (Verified Account).
  • World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince - The New York Times.
  • world's top 10 richest royals - MyFirstClassLife.
  • Aristocrats
  • Noble ranks.
  • ARISTOCRACY - Wikipedia.
  • Aristocrats: Power, Grace, and Decadence - "Britain's Great Ruling Classes from 1066 to the Present."
  • Hooray Henry - Wikipedia.
  • Inheritance tax, & how the Dukes of Westminster avoid it - The Telegraph.
  • NOBILITY - Wikipedia.
  • 1786 seize quartiers document.
  • Seize Quartiers - French phrase which literally means a person's "sixteen quarters", the coats of arms of their sixteen great-great-grandparents, which are typically accompanied by a five generation genealogy outlining the relationship between them and their descendant. They were used as a proof of nobility ("the proof of the Seize Quartiers") in Continental Europe beginning in the seventeenth century and achieving their highest prominence in the eighteenth.
  • Who is new Duke of Westminster? most eligible bachelor - The Telegraph.
    • ALBERT II, 12TH PRINCE OF THURN AND TAXIS - German aristocrat, businessman and car racing driver. He has been listed as the world's youngest billionaire many times since his father's death in 1990.
    • Coat of arms of The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain.
    • Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba - (1926-2014). Possessor of more aristocratic titles than anyone else in the world. She was 14 times a Spanish grandee, five times a duchess, once a countess-duchess, 18 times a marchioness, 18 times a countess and once a viscountess. Named by Guinness World Records as the world's most titled person.
    • Duchess of Medinaceli - (1917-2013). Nine times a duchess, 18 times a marchioness, 19 times a countess, four times a viscountess and 14 times a grandee of Spain — as well as head of a family whose members included three saints and two Popes.
    • GERALD GROSVENOR, 6TH DUKE OF WESTMINSTER - via Grosvenor Estates, the Duke is the richest property developer in the United Kingdom and one of the country's largest landowners, with vast estates in Oxford, Cheshire and Scotland, as well as large areas of Mayfair and Belgravia in central London, and also elsewhere in Europe.
    • FRESCOBALDI - prominent Florentine noble family that have been involved in the political, sociological, and economic history of Tuscany since the Middle Ages.
The Card

Upcoming VIP Privilege Membership Card

The International Man will in the near future be launching its own PRIVILEGE & BENEFIT VIP MEMBERSHIP CARD - named simply 'The Card'. Members will receive special privileges, benefits and preferential rates with selected partner hotels, restaurants, our LUXURY WEBSHOP, and more. Enter your name and e-mail address to receive FREE INFO about 'The Card' HERE.

Browse Categories: